Belief or faith in knowledge acquired through reasoning process alone in lieu of understanding and explanation. "I reasoned this out so it must be true." Often people make erroneous but seemingly logical predictions because they misunderstand what is happening or are unaware of all the facts. Belief in what you have reasoned out is labeled belief via rationalism. William F. Buckley, Jr. is a rationalist. He could convince you that black is white. Good salesmen are good at plausible arguments which are not true. The problem with rationalism is easily understood when you recall the time you talked someone into believing a lie by using what the other person thought was inescapable logic. Unfortunately, some people who claim to be scientists are more into winning than finding truth.
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.